Tobias Bowen, a 47-year-old Liberian and Chief Administrator of the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, who was charged in 2010 with allegedly raping a child in western New York, has been captured in Britain.
The Onondaga County, New York sheriff's office says Tobias Bowen had been spending his time leading Liberia's Redemption Hospital and was taken into custody after getting off a plane Saturday at a London airport.
Officials say Bowen was charged with rape and criminal sex acts in March 2010, when he lived in the Syracuse, New York suburb of Liverpool.
After his $10,000 bail was posted, Bowen fled to Liberia, and subsequently became Chief Administrator of Redemption Hospital, in one of Liberia slum communities.
After Bowen disappeared, sheriff's detectives assigned to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force were able to track his travels to Liberia and the United Kingdom.
It wasn't long before his seedy past caught up with him and a local newspaper reported in August 2011 that Bowen was a 'fugitive from justice.'
The article said Bowen was wanted for having alleged sexual contacts with two children.
A local newspaper had published the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office warrant with Bowen's photo; yet he continued to run the hospital.
With help from the U.S. Marshals International Investigations Branch, investigators found out that Bowen was landing in London on Saturday, where he was apprehended when he got off the plane.
Detectives teamed up with the Department of State, Department of Justice's Office of International Affairs and the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office to make their move.
Bowen is awaiting extradition back to the United States where the Sheriff’s office says he will face several felony related sex offense charges and an endangering the welfare of a child charge.